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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Wins Assembly Approval for Bill to Increase CalWORKs Benefits for Veterans

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) is proud to announce that her bill, AB 1094, passed out of the Assembly with a bipartisan vote of 77 to 0. AB 1094 will expand the definition of disability-based unearned income to include veteran’s disability compensation and help California’s veterans get the assistance they need to care for their families.

 “There is no reason that a veteran’s benefits should be treated differently than other federal assistance.  Returning veterans are having a difficult time readjusting to life and it is our responsibility to help them in their transition,” said Assemblymember Brown.

California veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now receiving both CalWORKs and other governmental benefits. Current law provides that $225 in disability-based unearned income is disregarded when computing the individual’s CalWORKs benefits. Unfortunately, veterans’ disability compensation is not currently eligible for the disregard due to an oversight in previous legislation. As a result, veterans enrolled in the CalWORKs program receive, on average, $200 less than other disabled recipients. AB 1094 would correct this oversight and allow veteran families to collect their full benefits.

 “California is home to the largest veteran population in the country. The majority of veteran’s benefits are dispersed by the federal government. However, a massive backlog in claims have delayed many California veterans from receiving their benefits. This bill will help ease the financial burdens of veteran families in California. As a member of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, I look forward to continuing to find solutions that will help the service members in our state access the benefits they deserve,” concluded Assemblymember Brown.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, the southwest parts of San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

Equal Pay Act Anniversary Renews Push for Law’s Promise

June 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that required employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. Newsflash: It’s not working. This golden anniversary is more call for action than cause for celebration because women are still waiting for the Equal Pay Act’s promise to come true.

 But don’t think we’re waiting patiently—or silently. And don’t think you are immune from this pernicious problem. The gender pay gap exists for women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 It exists regardless of whether states have pay equity laws in place that supplement the Equal Pay Act, although several states do not have any specific pay equity law whatsoever. Unbelievably, Wisconsin actually just repealed its equal pay law.

 And the pay gap exists in states where governors are doing excellent work on equal pay: Gov. Peter Shumlin in Vermont recently signed stronger equal pay legislation into law, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii and Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota issued Equal Pay Day proclamations this year.

 But until the pay gap goes the way of the dodo bird, every state has more to do. That means your governor owes women and families an Equal Pay Act anniversary “present.” And the American Association of University Women has the perfect idea for a gift.

 President Barack Obama recently ordered federal agencies to develop plans to address pay discrepancies among employees in the federal workforce, including evaluating policies for setting starting salaries and looking at how to promote greater transparency in starting salaries. Your governor could—and should—order state agencies to evaluate and take action on their pay practices as well.

 Your governor should do this because equal pay is everyone’s business. Families and communities are economically stronger when there is fair pay. Every day women nationwide work just as hard only to receive less. On average, women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, and that number is much worse for moms and women of color. The gender pay gap starts right after college and compounds over a woman’s career. Even after accounting for all the factors that affect earnings, AAUW found that women just one year out of college are still paid almost 7 percent less than their male counterparts are paid. That’s nearly a year’s worth of groceries and 1,400 tall Starbucks coffees. Plus, women vote—and we deserve serious action on the issues we care about.

 Statistics tell us that every action available needs to be taken, and the Obama administration has provided a step that governors can take immediately. I’ll leave it up to you as to how you ask your governor for your “present” —Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, letter. But no matter how you decide to do it, I’ll guarantee you one thing. Unlike the Equal Pay Act, the technology you’ll use—even if it’s just a pen and paper—was updated in the last 50 years.

 Technology has changed. The workforce has changed. But the federal legislation designed to ensure women are paid equally to men hasn’t changed—and it isn’t working.

 Someday, women will celebrate the Equal Pay Act anniversary. But we’ll do so when we get what we were promised: equal pay for equal work.

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Lisa Maatz is the vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women.

American Forum 6/2013

ABA ADDS INLAND EMPIRE INVADERS TO ITS SO CAL DIVISION

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added the Inland Empire Invaders to its Southern California Division. Located in Riverside but serving the entire Inland Empire, “I have no doubt that this will be one of the best organizations in the entire ABA,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “In Christy Lancaster, the owner, we have an exceptional person. Her passion for youth, community and business is evident in everything she does…she is truly a woman with huge vision.”
Ms. Lancaster was appointed the President of the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and currently remains in her position. She is known for spearheading the largest “True Collaboration” between African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Business Women and has maintained a strong advocate for small business throughout California with here Pro-Business vs Pro-Race approach. She has been recognized by several organizations for her accomplishments and community support that stretches some 27 cities and beyond including agencies such as the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, California State Assembly, Riverside Community College, Rising Star Business Academy, the Riverside Black Chamber of Commerce and the Lationo Coalition.
Founder of the Future CEO Program, a 12 week program to assist high school and college students understand the fundamentals of being a CEO, Ms. Christy is the CEO of a major Southern California property management company. She supports notable causes as the Cancer Society, JDRF, Arthritis Foundation and the American Heart Association and also wrote the Steps to Success program designed to help youth and adults looking to start their own business.
In a press conference Sunday Owner, Christy Lancaster was quoted saying: “We are going to provide IE with exciting basketball at affordable prices and we will be able to create jobs for the Inland Empire as well as do some wonderful things for the community. Having a Pro Team here in Region will also benefit our business community tremendously. This should be a great experience.” For more information, contact Christy Lancaster at ieinvaders@gmail.com or call 720 446 8233 or visit www.abalive.com. The IE Invaders website will be announced shortly.
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Thanks.
Joe Newman
ABA CEO